CycleTrader/Rock River/Yamaha


The Cycle Trader Rock River team now exceeds over a decade in the sport of Motocross and Supercross.  Recognizing talented riders from their Yamaha amateur program, CTRR provides the resources and provide a platform for riders to showcase their skills in the professional arenas of Supercross and Motocross.

2019 promises to be an exciting year for the team with a new roster of riders, and a continued relationship with sponsor Cycle Trader. Since the start of the 2014 season Cycle Trader has been an icon with Rock River as title sponsor, while providing essential support to maintain a professional presence and ensures ongoing support for years to come.

The team will again house both 450 and 250 class riders, with multiple 250 riders to compete in the East & West Lite classes in the AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series and the AMA Lucas Oil Motocross Series. Team riders for 2019 are Jacob Hayes, Brandon Hartranft and  Ryan Breece.

Joining the Cycle Trader Rock River Team in the AMA Lucas Oil Motocross Series will be Yusuke Watanabe. Yusuke is no stranger to competition as he won the 2017 Japan MX championship on a Yamaha and will ride a YZ250F in the competitive AMA 250 class.  In 2018 Yusuke made the long journey from Japan and campaigned the entire series. Getting familiarized with all the race circuits and the American cultures, was certainly a learning experience for the Japan MX Champion.

About Rock River:

Rock River has transitioned from a small single line Yamaha dealer to a prominent 250/450 professional team, their commitment to the Yamaha brand has never wavered.  CTRR is now one of the largest single line Yamaha dealers in the country, and plays an instrumental role in Yamaha’s bLU cRU trackside support program. Along with the bLU cRu trackside program, CTRR oversees their own amateur team, which includes the bLU cRU amateur Elite Team. CTR focus is to provide grassroots support across the country for amateur riders starting out on Yamaha PW50’s and their entire amateur years with additional support in the transition into their professional careers.

Rider Profile - Jacob Hayes, #156

Date of Birth: 12/16/1993
Home Town: Greensboro, NC
Marital Status: Single (Girlfriend: Jayme Gervais)
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 165 lbs.
First Race: 2000
Year Turned Pro: 2012
Favorite Track:
Birch Creek
Favorite Food:
BBQ Wings
Favorite Music:
Training: Seth Rarick - Riding, Gym, RoadBike
Hobbies: Wake Surfing


2018 2018 Amsoil AX Champion

Rider Profile - Brandon Hartranft, #45

Date of Birth: 7/22/1998
Home Town: Bricktown, NJ
Marital Status: Single (Girlfriend: Madison Hayes)
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 178 lbs.
First Race: 2005 Raceway Park (Englishtown, NJ)
Year Turned Pro: 2018
Favorite Track:
Freestone Raceway
Favorite Food:
Green Bean Casserole
Favorite Music:
Rap & Rock
Training: Seth Rarick (road biking, mountain biking, gym)
Hobbies: Motocross
Instagram hartranft_45
Facebook brandonhartranft


2018 4th Minneapolis Triple Crown
8th OA 250 ESX, 9th OA High Point MX
2017 California Classic 2 National Titles, 250A, Open Pro Sport
2016 King of the Vurb Classic Champion, Four Amateur Championships At Mill Creek MX
2015 AMA Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Championship

Rider Profile - Yusuke Watanabe, #110


Date of Birth: 12/14/1995
Home Town: Soma Fukushima Japan
Marital Status: Single
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 134 lbs.
First Race: 3 years old Sugo, Japan 1998
Year Turned Pro: 2013
Favorite Track:
Sugo, Japan
Favorite Food:
Ramen Noodles
Favorite Music:
Alternative Rock
Training: Mountain Bike
Hobbies: RC Cars
Instagram w.yusuke110


2018 First Season in AMA 250 National
2017 Japan National Champion
2016 3rd Place in Japan National Champion
2015 6th Place in Japan National Champion
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